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Headteachers Annual Conference
17 Feb
Annual Headteacher Conference Our two-day programme will allow you (and your staff) to recognise, re-examine and reflect on the difficult situations many of our young people grow up within. Let’s find a way together to fight for a better future; tackling inequality, support our communities and investing in people. Please click here to find out more and book your space(s). We look forward to seeing you at the event. For more information contact educationGateshead 0191 4338614 / 8623 or educationgateshead@gateshead.gov.uk Thanks
Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume
14 Feb
Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen Consequences: With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control. Outcome: Control of the cancer risk will require suitable engineering controls for all welding activities indoors e.g. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Extraction will also control exposure to manganese, which is present in mild steel welding fume, which can cause neurological effects similar to Parkinson’s disease. Where LEV alone does not adequately control exposure, it should be supplemented by adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect against the residual fume. Appropriate RPE should be provided for welding outdoors. You should ensure welders are suitably instructed and trained in the use of these controls.Regardless of duration, HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without any suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is no known level of safe exposure.Risk assessments should reflect the change in the expected control measures. Please click here for further information?
Cyber Sercurity
14 Feb
To all Council IT Network Users, You may be aware from press coverage of the cyber attack in a local authority within our region that has severely disrupted the delivery of their services. IT Services are continually working to safeguard the council’s IT infrastructure in relation to cyber-attacks, however one of the most effective ways to protect the council’s data and network is end user vigilance and awareness of cyber security threats. Although this appears, so far, to be an isolated incident we require your cooperation as technology alone cannot protect the Council against these attacks. Please read the important information below which will also provide guidance to those concerned about their personal devices. Please download the attachment to read this article in full. The site below is a good source of advice for keeping your information secure click here to view the above site Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter.
Kooth - Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Online Provision
14 Feb
Kooth is an online platform which is Free for users and is a Safe, confidential, anonymous space for Young People with low level mental health issues to get advice and support. Key points: - Free at the point of need - Available through a smart phone, tablet or computer - Kooth helps to reduce wait times for young people seeking help and removes stigma around mental health. - Kooth is supported by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) If any of the schools would like further information on the tool, please contact Malcolm Connelly, Integration & Participation Worker at mconnelly@xenzone.com to arrange for him to come into your school to talk to staff and students on the offer. Please download the attached leaflet Public Health Gateshead
Saltwell Junior Parkrun
11 Feb
Saltwell junior parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 2km event for children aged 4 -14. Children can walk, skip, run or jog for fun! We start at 9am every Sunday from the bowling green in Saltwell park. All you need to do is register your child for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/register and bring their printed-out barcode along with you. More information can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/saltwelljuniorparkrun. We hope to see lots of new faces in the coming weekends!!